CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - We bring you a lot of stories about offender's crimes and arrests. Now, we're telling you about what happens after they've served their time.
In Part One of this series - we took you along as Clay County Community Corrections officials checked in on offenders,
Some, fresh out of lockup. Now, we're going to tell you about a special program community corrections has that helps offenders choose a different way of thinking.
It's called Thinking for a Change. And like it sounds, it provides a new way of thinking.
This class gives chosen offenders alternative ways to deal with a situation that could get them into trouble in the future.
The success rate? This training program has the highest completion rate out of similar services provided. 6 out of 10 offenders complete the course.
Most offenders taking the class are repeats.
"Thinking for a change is not just for first time offenders. It's for them, it's for people who've been to prison multiple times, in jail, on probation," said Evan Sutherland, Chief Home Detention Surveillance Officer.
And many of the people Sutherland speaks to on house arrest are repeat offenders.
"If they're breaking the law or breaking the rules of their terms or agreements they signed, yeah, they're going to try to hide everything that they possibly can," said Sutherland. "There's offenders out there right now doing something they're not supposed to. It's our job to find that and take care of it. When I go out and do those searches, it's hit or miss. I never know what I'm going to find."
But community corrections believes in the program they run. They think there's multiple benefits.
Not only does it reduce the number of repeat offenders but they are also hoping to save the taxpayers more money by reducing the number of people going back to jail.
"It costs the taxpayers approximately $58.00 a day to house an inmate. With our community corrections program, through home detention, it costs them 10 to 20 dollars a day, depending on the type of equipment they have to be monitored with. All fees are paid straight from the offender. The taxpayer doesn't pay anything," said Sutherland.
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